Jakarta Sinking Below Sea Level

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Threats Rising Due To Climate Change, Development By Michael Kimmelman, New York Times With climate change, the Java Sea is rising and weather here is becoming more extreme. Earlier this month another freakish storm briefly turned Jakarta’s streets into rivers and brought this vast area of nearly 30 million residents to a virtual halt. One

Obamas Vacation In Indonesia

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Former U.S. President Lived In Jakarta, Yogyakarta By Reuters President Obama and his family have spent the past five days island-hopping in Indonesia, visiting everywhere from Jakarta to Bali. From white water rafting to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent

Orangutan Expert Urges Travel To Indonesia Now

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Deforestation Pushing Orangutans Toward Extinction By Kelly Dinardo, New York Times It was the orangutan’s eyes that first struck Biruté Mary Galdikas. “They look very human,” said Dr. Galdikas, an anthropologist and the president of Orangutan Foundation International. “They have a very strong gaze that will penetrate you,” she said. “It’s almost hypnotic.” In the

Australian Tourists Now Enter Indonesia Free

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Australians Granted Free Entry to Indonesia For 30 Days  Aussies will no longer have to pay for a visa on arrival in Indonesia. Late last week President Joko Widodo​ signed a decree waiving the $35 visa requirements for another 79 countries, including Australia, bringing the list of visa-free countries to 169. “Indonesia’s decision to add Australia to

Indonesia Marks 50th Anniversary Of Deadly Coup

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Democracy, Justice Denied Across Indonesia By Joshua Oppenheimer, New York Times Contributor This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of a mass slaughter in Indonesia. With American support, more than 500,000 people were murdered by the Indonesian Army and its civilian death squads. At least 750,000 more were tortured and sent to concentration

Indonesia Tourists Threaten Boycotts After Traffickers Executed

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Little Impact Reported By Tour Operators Travel operators in Australia say they do not expect a drop in the number of travelers to Indonesia, despite calls for a boycott after the execution of two Australians along with six others this week. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people executed by firing squad early

Indonesia Allows More Tourists To Visit Without Visa

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Australians Left Off List Over Human Rights Criticism Indonesia will soon allow tourists from an additional 30 countries to visit without a visa, but neighboring Australia was left off the list amid a row over looming executions of foreign prisoners. The move comes as Jakarta seeks to boost a faltering economy, while attracting more foreign

Indonesia Pays Tribute To Tsunami Victims, Anniversary

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Tsunami Struck Sumatra, Southeast Asia Thousands of people held a memorial on Thursday in Indonesia’s Aceh province, the epicenter of the Indian Ocean tsunami, as the world prepared to mark a decade since a disaster that took 220,00 lives and laid waste to coastal areas in 14 countries. On December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake

Joko Indonesia’s New President

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Can Leader Stop Rainforest Destruction Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo claimed victory in a closely fought Indonesian presidential election, while his rival disputed the unofficial vote count and said he wouldn’t concede. As early counts from Indonesia’s presidential election show Joko Widodo with a narrow lead over Prabowo Subianto, the WSJ’s Ramy Inocencio asks ISEAS’s Alex